Being in traffic, out on the roads along with other motorists, is probably one of the most dangerous places we can be in the modern world. No matter what we do, there’s always the possibility that someone else makes a mistake, gets drunk, gets high, or in some way mess up, and intrudes on our lives. While our vehicles get safer, they also get more and more expensive, and protecting the investment that a car, truck or SUV is, should get an equal amount of attention. So what can you do to make sure you don’t pay for someone else’s mistake?
That’s what you do. Well, you don’t actually “do” evidence, but you most certainly can do more to collect it than you are today. One of the easiest ways of collecting evidence, is a “black box” for your car. If you’ve ever seen reports of a plane crash, the guys with big letters on their jackets are always talking about black boxes, and how imperative it is to find them. While your car is not a plane, recording incidents with live images is one of the best ways to prove your innocence. So how do you install a camera, capable of capturing what’s going on while you’re out on the roads? It’s probably easier than you’d think.
There’s no end to the number of specialized cameras and placement options you can choose from, but many of them require costly alterations to your car, and not to mention the time it takes to install and get ready, and to operate the thing. We’ve had our eye on a much simpler solution for a while now, however, and while it still requires some tinkering, it’s no more than a regular car user can undertake on their own.
Rear view mirror cameras are not exactly a new invention, but the speed at which they’re both getting cheaper and getting better, is nothing short of staggering. With specs like this one has, for example, with both a rear view camera and a front facing camera, 3 hours of recording time in HD, and simple installation, there’s no reason for anyone to drive around unprotected anymore. While there certainly are more advanced options – such as this camera, which can see in the dark and has facial recognition, or this one, specialized rear view camera for Jeeps – there’s no need to make things more complicated than they need to be.
A camera recording of anything from pedestrian behavior, to overtakings, to police stops, is one of the simplest things you can do to up your car security, and protect the investment that your car actually is. Even though some of the rear view mirror cameras make it necessary to have hanging power wires and drilling of holes here and there, the diligent driver will see that wiring power from under the dash, and hiding things that can impair your vision is the best way to go about things.
- BlackVue IR capable camera/black box system. Difficulty: Medium.
- ZeroEdge Rear-view mirror Camera. Difficulty: Easy.
- AUTOVOX cameras – maker specific. Difficulty: Medium.
- Pyle PLCMTR 104. Difficulty: Advanced.